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POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Griffin-Valade Charter, Code & Policies City Code & Charter Online Code & Charter Title 5 Revenue and Finan Chapter 5.34 Public Improvements and Construction Services
5.34.850 Requests for Proposals (RFP).

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 184403, 185065 and 185898, effective February 20, 2013.)

 

A.  Generally. The use of competitive Proposals must be specifically authorized for a Public Improvement Contract under the Competitive Bidding requirement of ORS 279C.335(1), Section 5.34.150 and Sections 5.34.800 to 5.34.890. Also see ORS 279C.400 to 279C.410 for statutory requirements regarding competitive Proposals, and Section 5.34.840 regarding competitive Proposal procedures.

 

B.  Solicitation Documents. In addition to the Solicitation Document requirements of Section 5.34.300, this rule applies to the requirements for Requests for Proposals. RFP Solicitation Documents shall conform to the following standards:

 

1.  The City shall set forth selection criteria in the Solicitation Document. Examples of evaluation criteria include price or cost, quality of a product or service, past performance, management, capability, personnel qualification, prior experience, compatibility, reliability, operating efficiency, expansion potential, experience of key personnel, adequacy of equipment or physical plant, financial wherewithal, sources of supply, references and warranty provisions. See Section 5.34.840. Evaluation factors need not be precise predictors of actual future costs and performance, but to the extent possible, such factors shall be reasonable estimates based on information available to the City.  Subject to ORS 279C.410(4) the Solicitation Document may provide for discussions with Proposers to be conducted for the purpose of Proposal evaluation prior to aware or prior to establishing any Competitive Range; 

 

2.  When the City is willing to negotiate terms and conditions of the Contract or allow submission of revised Proposals following discussions, the City must identify the specific terms and conditions in or provisions of the Solicitation Document that are subject to negotiation or discussion and authorize Offerors to propose certain alternative terms and conditions in lieu of the terms and conditions the City has identified as authorized for negotiation. The City must describe the evaluation and discussion or negotiation process, including how the City will establish the Competitive Range;

 

3.  The anticipated size of the Competitive Range shall be stated in the Solicitation document, but may be decreased if the number of Proposers that submit Responsive Proposals is less than the specified number, or may be increased as provided in Subsection 5.34.850 D.1.b.

 

4.  When the City intends to Award Contracts to more than one Proposer, the City must identify in the Solicitation Document the manner in which it will determine the number of Contracts it will Award. The City shall also include the criteria it will use to determine how the City will endeavor to achieve optimal value, utility and substantial fairness when selecting a particular Contractor to provide Personal Services or Work from those Contractors Awarded Contracts.

 

C.  Evaluation of Proposals.

 

1.  Evaluation. The City shall evaluate Proposals only in accordance with criteria set forth in the RFP and applicable law. The City shall evaluate Proposals to determine the Responsible Proposer or Proposers submitting the best Responsive Proposal or Proposals.

 

a.  Clarifications. In evaluating Proposals, The City may seek information from a Proposer to clarify the Proposer's Proposal. A Proposer must submit Written and Signed clarifications and such clarifications shall become part of the Proposer's Proposal.

 

b.  Limited Negotiation. If the City did not permit negotiation in its Request for Proposals, the City may, nonetheless, negotiate with the highest-ranked Proposer, but may then only negotiate the:  

 

(1)  Statement of Work; and

 

(2)  Contract Price as it is affected by negotiating the statement of Work.

 

(3)  The process for discussions or negotiations that is outlined and explained in Subsections 5.34.850 E.2. and  5.34.850 F. does not apply to this limited negotiation.

 

2.  Discussions; Negotiations. If the City permitted discussions or negotiations in the Request for Proposals, the City shall evaluate Proposals and establish the Competitive Range, and may then conduct discussions and negotiations in accordance with this rule.

 

a.  If the Solicitation Document provided that discussions or negotiations may occur at City’s discretion, the City may forego discussions and negotiations and evaluate all Proposals in accordance with this rule.

 

b.  If the City proceeds with discussions or negotiations, the City shall establish a negotiation team tailored for the acquisition. The City’s team may include legal, technical and negotiating personnel.

 

3.  Cancellation. Nothing in this rule shall restrict or prohibit the City from canceling the Solicitation at any time.

 

D.  Competitive Range; Protest; Award.

 

1.  Determining Competitive Range.

 

a.  If the City does not cancel the Solicitation, after the Opening the City will evaluate all Proposals in accordance with the evaluation criteria set forth in the Request for Proposals. After evaluation of all Proposals in accordance with the criteria set forth in the Request for Proposals, the City will determine and rank the Proposers in the Competitive Range.

 

b.  The City may increase the number of Proposers in the Competitive Range if the City’s evaluation of Proposals establishes a natural break in the scores of Proposers indicating a number of Proposers greater than the initial Competitive Range are closely Competitive, or have a reasonable chance of being determined the best Proposer after the City’s evaluation of revised Proposals submitted in accordance with the process described in this rule.

 

2.  Protesting Competitive Range. The City shall provide Written notice to all Proposers identifying Proposers in the Competitive Range. A Proposer that is not within the Competitive Range may protest the City’s evaluation and determination of the Competitive Range in accordance with Section 5.34.710.

 

3.  Intent to Award; Discuss or Negotiate. After the protest period provided in accordance with these rules expires, or after the City has provided a final response to any protest, whichever date is later, the City may either:

 

a.  Provide Written notice to all Proposers in the Competitive Range of its intent to Award the Contract to the highest-ranked Proposer in the Competitive Range.

 

(1)   An unsuccessful Proposer may protest the City’s intent to Award in accordance with Section 5.34.740.

 

(2)   After the protest period provided in accordance with  Section 5.34.740 expires, or after the City has provided a final response to any protest, whichever date is later, the City shall commence final Contract negotiations with the highest-ranked Proposer in the Competitive Range; or

 

b.  Engage in Negotiations with all Proposers in the Competitive Range, as provided in Subsection 5.34.850 F. below; or

 

c.  Engage in discussions with Proposers in the Competitive Range, as provided in Subsection 5.34.850

E. below, accept revised Proposals from them, and, following such discussions and receipt and evaluation of revised Proposals, either select the highest ranking Proposer or conduct further negotiations with the Proposers in the Competitive Range;

 

d.  Otherwise proceed in any other legal manner designed to select a or as specified by the RFP or ordinance.

 

E.  Discussions; Revised Proposals. If the City chooses to enter into discussions with and receive revised Proposals from the Proposers in the Competitive Range, the City shall proceed as follows:

 

1.   Initiating Discussions. The City shall initiate oral or Written discussions with all of the Proposers in the Competitive Range regarding their Proposals with respect to the provisions of the RFP that the City identified in the RFP as the subject of discussions. The City may conduct discussions for the following purposes:

 

a.  Informing Proposers of deficiencies in their initial Proposals;

 

b.  Notifying Proposers of parts of their Proposals for which the City would like additional information; and

 

c.  Otherwise allowing Proposers to develop revised Proposals that will allow the City to obtain the best Proposal based on the requirements and evaluation criteria set forth in the Request for Proposals.

 

2.  Conducting Discussions. The City may conduct discussions with each Proposer in the Competitive Range necessary to fulfill the purposes of this section, but need not conduct the same amount of discussions with each Proposer. The City may terminate discussions with any Proposer in the Competitive Range at any time. However, the City shall offer all Proposers in the Competitive Range the opportunity to discuss their Proposals with City before the City notifies Proposers of the date and time pursuant to this section that revised Proposals will be due.

 

a.  In conducting discussions, the City :

 

(1)   Shall treat all Proposers fairly and shall not favor any Proposer over another;

 

(2)   Shall not discuss other Proposers' Proposals;

 

(3)   Shall not suggest specific revisions that a Proposer should make to its Proposal, and shall not otherwise direct the Proposer to make any specific revisions to its Proposal. Nothing in this paragraph, however, shall prevent the City from identifying deficiencies in a Proposal, as provided in Subsection 5.34.850 E.1.a. above. 

 

b.  At any time during the time allowed for discussions, the City may:  

 

(1)   Continue discussions with a particular Proposer;

 

(2)   Terminate discussions with a particular Proposer and continue discussions with other Proposers in the Competitive Range; or

 

(3)   Conclude discussions with all remaining Proposers in the Competitive Range and provide notice to the Proposers in the Competitive Range to submit revised Proposals.

 

3.  Revised Proposals. If the City does not cancel the Solicitation at the conclusion of the City’s discussions with all remaining Proposers in the Competitive Range, the City shall give all remaining Proposers in the Competitive Range notice of the date and time by which they must submit revised Proposals. This notice constitutes the City’s termination of discussions, and Proposers must submit revised Proposals by the date and time set forth in the City’s notice.

 

a.  Upon receipt of the revised Proposals, the City shall score the revised Proposals based upon the evaluation criteria set forth in the Request for Proposals, and rank the revised Proposals based on the City’s scoring.

 

b.  The City may conduct discussions with and accept only one revised Proposal from each Proposer in the Competitive Range unless otherwise set forth in the Request for Proposals.

 

4.  Intent to Award; Protest. The City shall provide Written notice to all Proposers in the Competitive Range of the City’s intent to Award the Contract. An unsuccessful Proposer may protest the City’s intent to Award in accordance with Section 5.34.740. After the protest period provided in accordance with that rule expires, or after the City has provided a final response to any protest, whichever date is later, the City shall commence final Contract negotiations.

 

F.  Negotiations.

 

1.   Initiating Negotiations. The City may determine to commence negotiations with the highest-ranked Proposer in the Competitive Range following the:

 

a.  Initial determination of the Competitive Range; or

 

b.  Conclusion of discussions with all Proposers in the Competitive Range and evaluation of revised Proposals.

 

2.  Conducting Negotiations, Scope. The City may negotiate:

 

a.  The statement of Work;

 

b.  The Contract Price as it is affected by negotiating the statement of Work; and

 

c.   Any other terms and conditions reasonably related to those expressly authorized for negotiation in the Request for Proposals. Accordingly, Proposers shall not submit, and City shall not accept, for negotiation any alternative terms and conditions that are not reasonably related to those expressly authorized for negotiation in the Request for Proposals.

 

3.  Continuing Negotiations. If the City terminates discussions or negotiations with a Proposer, the City may then commence negotiations with the next highest scoring Proposer in the Competitive Range, and continue the process described in this rule until the City has either:

 

a.  Determined to Award the Contract to the Proposer with whom it is currently discussing or negotiating; or

 

b.  Completed one round of discussions or negotiations with all Proposers in the Competitive Range, unless the City provided for more than one round of discussions or negotiations in the Request for Proposals, in which case the Contracting Agency may proceed with any authorized further rounds of discussions or negotiations.

 

4.  Terminating Discussions or Negotiations.  At any time during discussions or negotiations conducted in accordance with this Rule, the City may terminate discussions or negotiations with the Proposer with whom it is currently conducting discussions or negotiations if the City reasonably believes that;

 

a.  The Proposer is not discussing or negotiating in good faith; or

 

b.  Further discussions or negotiations with the Proposer will not result in the parties agreeing to the terms and conditions of a final Contract in a timely manner that will be in the best interests of the City.  The determination of a timely manner and the best interests of the City are matters solely within the discretion of the City.


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